What We Wrote is now available to buy from here in the UK for only £5.99, or here in the US for a mere $8.90.

You won’t regret buying a copy. It’s hot stuff.


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Looking Good


Coming to a bookstore near you. December 2009.

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Submissions Application Closed

Wow. What a response you guys gave our call to arms! Well, call to pens, anyway.

Thank you so, so, much for your overwhelming support for What We Wrote. The pile of submissions is almost as tall as I am. The selection panel are sifting through them as I type, so successful entrants will be notified by the end of May.

We’re on track for launching the book in the autumn, so sit tight and wait for the What We Wrote ride to begin. It’ll be worth it.

Good luck to everyone who sent in a little part of themselves in written form! And again, thank you.


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The deadline for the What We Wrote applications is approaching fast.

You can email your submissions to The deadline is Friday 1st May… that is THIS FRIDAY!

What We Wrote will be a great opportunity for the writers at the University of Derby to see their work in published print. We read to escape, to experience something new. We read to be thrilled, to be understood, to laugh and to cry and to see ourselves through the eyes of others. From the submissions we’ve already received What We Wrote will have our readers doing all of those things. So get involved!

Dig out your extended piece from your portfolio submission, the poem you’ve had under your bed for months, or put down on paper the story you’ve always wanted to share.

Best of luck to you all. Get writing!


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Goodwill to all Men

What We Wrote is going not-for-profit!

Profits from the first collection of New Writing will be going in donation form to the National Literacy Trust. One in six people in the UK struggles to read and write. Poor skills compromise the health, confidence, happiness and employability of individuals and have a negative impact on our national economy, so What We Wrote hopes to not only ‘shout’ about the talent within the University of Derby, but to also directly contribute to the development of reading and writing within our communities.

For more information visit

What better reason do you need to get writing and get invloved?

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Staff Applications

To Those Who Write,

Please note that the deadline for staff applications is 5pm on Friday 13th March 2009.

Visit the ‘Staff’ section of the website by clicking on the tab at the top of the page.

Come on, get involved!


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Gosh, this is all a bit nerve-wracking. Welcome to What We Wrote, the website of what will be a book and until just a few weeks ago was merely the drunken twinkle in a double-visioned eye. 

The idea is this: The University of Derby will make a book of new fiction.

This is a project by writers, for writers. Take a look around- use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate your way around- get involved, and please get writing. Don’t hold back on letting us know what you think: mynameislaurajanewilliams at googlemail dot com.


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